Sunnyvale, Calif. — Softier, Inc. has launched a software solution that allows Linux applications to run natively on Texas Instruments (Houston, Tex.) TMS320C64x digital signal processors and TMS320DM64x fully software programmable digital media processors.
Softier will provide a complete development environment for developers of its MediaLinux-based devices, including an advanced integrated development environment that utilizes TI's eXpressDSP tool chain, debugging environment and a complete set of porting tools that ensure smooth transfer of existing projects to the new software/hardware paradigm. Softier delivers Real-Time DSP Software and Linux Solutions through close cooperation with Texas Instruments, to companies engaging in the development and manufacturing of Embedded Digital Media Devices.
Softier's MediaLinux software is built on the foundation of TI's DSP/BIOS kernel. Both MediaLinux and the MediaLinux DSP Development Kit (LDDK) will be available in the first quarter of 2004.
Software designers find that Linux makes the implementation of today's complex embedded devices practical and cost-efficient, as the bulk of the OS code continues to improve through open source contributions while they can concentrate on application code and integration, according to TI.
Softier will be demonstrating TI's DM642-based standalone board running MediaLinux alongside real-time playback of D1-resolution disk-resident video file at the upcoming TI Developer Conference (Houston, February 18-20, 2004), For more information, please see: www.ti.com/softierdm642.
The rapidly expanding Linux support for modern peripheral buses such as USB, ATA and PCI ensures that the effort to maintain full connectivity to a rich set of peripherals is kept to a minimum.